So, the first official trailer for Terminator Genisys (yes, that’s how it’s spelled) was released on SkyNet yesterday and it’s already generating wide spread reactions online. Everything from excitement to downright revulsion seems to cover what people are currently experiencing after watching the trailer. Still, don’t let that stop you from watching it below.
Prepare your nostalgia to be punched in the face by a hard metallic Terminator fist. Don’t worry, it will only make you think about that time when you actually thought it was still possible to make a good Terminator sequel after Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
If the trailer confirms one thing, it’s that Genisys (no spell check, I don’t want to spell it correctly) is a remake/reboot of the original Terminator film. Instead of Kyle Reese (Jai “Meat Puppet” Courtney) being sent back to the past to protect a defenseless Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke), we see a battle hardened Sarah firing heavy machine guns alongside a slightly saggy Terminator played by Arnold Schwarzenegger. This will be the biggest point of controversy among fans of the franchise. Attempting a soft reboot of the series is one thing, but now saying the events of the first film never came to be will certainly be viewed as sacrilegious to many fans. At the same time, the movie seems to be an amalgamation of the four previous Terminator films into one. Original Schwarzenegger T-800? Check. Gun wielding Sarah Connor? Check. Attempt at preventing Judgment Day? Check. Liquid T-1000? Check. Is shoving so many of the franchises “greatest hits” the smartest move in the long run?
If I had to pick the one thing that I’m thoroughly against in this trailer, it’s the idea that Paramount and the film’s director, Alan Taylor, think that Courtney is an adequate replacement for Michael Biehn’s original take on Reese. I’m sorry, but no, he is most certainly not. The guy has displayed not a shred of acting ability, and I continue to be shocked by the amount of high level projects he seems to be able to get (looking at you Suicide Squad).
At the end of day, the trailer just doesn’t leave me with any positive feelings about the direction this series is going in. Revisiting the same characters and scenarios over and over again just isn’t working, and as much as some fans want to see it, the return of a nearly 70-year old Schwarzenegger to the film franchise that made him a legend probably won’t help convince anyone that he can still be the action hero he still thinks he is. Terminator: Genisys opens July 1, 2015.
What about you reader? What do you think of this trailer featuring a geriatric Terminator? Let us know in the comments below!